“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.” - Philippians 3:20-21 (NRSV)
In more ways that we can easily county, Christianity has become highly politicized in our current age. Much is made over the reality that the United States is no longer a “Christian” nation. We speak of “faith-based initiatives.” The political left and the political right both stake claims for their agendas on the soil of Christian principles. Many Christians have even “parted company” on the basis of their political views, who they voted for, or their stand on a civil liberties issue-all as if “salvation itself” rested on these very issues.
Certainly as Christians we have a role and responsibility to act in accordance with our faith while we live in this world. But by the same token we must remember that our “real” citizenship is not “in this world.” Our citizenship, our true “belonging” is in heaven, and we eagerly await the return of Jesus Christ, who as the scripture says, will transform our human bodies to be like his glorious body for all eternity (see above scripture). In other words, this world is not our home, it is temporary, and we are just passing through.
The gospel transcends local, national and international politics, geographic boundaries, forms of government, and ethnicities. The gospel is the power of God to save everyone who believes. And most importantly, the gospel cannot be chained! Even though Paul was imprisoned by an oppressive Roman government, the gospel still advanced (Philippians 1:12). Paul told Timothy that “The word of God is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9). In other words, regardless of whether or not political circumstances are “favorable” to Christianity, the gospel will still advance.
The upshot? The gospel is not dependent upon politics to do its work. As Christians, it is not our job to “fix” a broken world or a broken political system. Influence our political systems as we are able, perhaps, as the Lord wills. But the power to save others does not rest in politics or a particular form of government. The gospel transcends politics. The gospel is not chained. It has often been said that in the early church, Christianity spread on the blood of the martyrs: meaning that no matter how brutal a government may have sought to oppress Christianity through killing its members, the church grew exponentially nonetheless. The same is true today. The gospel is God's power to save. Nothing can stop God's work.